The HSE National Office for Human Rights and Equality Policy has launched an e-learning programme Supporting Decision-Making in Health and Social Care which is available on HSELand.
This suite of e-learning modules focuses on the principles of supported decision-making and model key communication skills, strategies and tools. They are for all staff in health and social care who work with adults. This programme is part of HSE preparation for commencement of Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 which is due to commence in summer 2022.
The modules include:
- Module 1- Supporting a person to make decisions - The aim of this module is to help staff to support people who use services to make decisions related to their health and social care, including day to day decisions and more complex decisions.
- Module 2 – Supporting a person to plan for the future - The aim of this module is to help staff to support people who use services plan for the future. This might include the development of an Advance Care Plan, which would inform their future care and treatment if they subsequently lack decision making capacity or are unable to make their wishes and preferences known.
- Module 3 – Introduction to Functional Assessment of Capacity - The aim of this module is to help staff to recognise when an assessment of decision-making capacity is required and to understand the functional approach.